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Need Help with Peeing Pup
(I posted this on the puppy page, but as a sign of my desperation I am copying it under training too!)
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. We got our little female Chanel on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 1). She was born Nov 11, so she is now 15 1/2 weeks old. Two days later, the vet told us she had a UTI and bladder infection - we've been on antibiotics ever since (today is the last day!). Her pee checked out normal yesterday.
At the start, the puppy peed every 15-20 minutes. Never asked to go out. We chalked this up to the infection, and grinned and cleaned the floor. Constantly. She is crated or confined to a small area in our family room near an outside glass door. For the last week Chanel has slept through the night from 10:00 to 6:30 and wakes up with a dry crate. When awake, however, she still pees every 1/2 hour or so. Sometimes she will sit near the door, other times sniff around till I get the message, other times (twice last night) just pee on the floor when the urge strikes. Today, we got up and peed and pooped at 6:30, ate, peed at 7:30, then peed and pooped at 8:00, and now at 8:15 we're taking a nap.
The vet feels that it is either a weak sphincter muscle or a training problem, and has given us cystolamine pills to give her. Any other ideas / suggestions? We're rapidly approaching the end of the rope - it's still winter in PA and going out with a puppy every 1/2 hour is killing us. Figuring we stay out for 10-15 minutes or so in the 10 degree weather, we are hurting. Especially when I am led to believe that she should be able to hold it for a couple of hours at least.
This is our second golden (first died from bone cancer last year), and our third dog. None of the others has been like this. Yes, I praise to high heaven every time she pees or poops outside. Yes, I scream NO when I catch her in the act inside and immediately carry her out. Any ideas?
P.S. We also started her on cranberry pills, which we understand will help prevent another infection.
P.P.S. We have been limiting the water a bit during the days and after 7:30 at night. Otherwise she drinks bowls of it and pees in her sleep.